The preliminary chapter to this book begins with a description and defence of the methodological approach used throughout this book. The vindication of the method is, in the final analysis, pragmatic in nature. While it is not known whether a comprehensible true moral theory exists in the first place, it is only through employment of the method the book advocates that whether it exists will be able to be unraveled. In order to test out the book's moral theories, the text arranges crucial thought experiments where different theories yield conflicting answers. It then confronts the answers with considered moral intuitions. The theory that gives the best explanation of the content of the considered moral intuitions gains inductive support. An intuition is considered if it has been exposed to, and survived, cognitive psychotherapy.
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